SA's biggest pumpkin

2013-03-18 00:00

Johan du Plessis (73) of Worcester shows off his 417,5 kg pumpkin, which was crowned South Africa’s biggest in a competition sponsored by Shoprite Checkers at the weekend. Growing colossal pumpkins runs in the family, Du Plessis said. His record monster beat last year’s record of 390 kg, which was set by Henri, his son. Henri came third this year, with a 376,5 kg specimen, and Henri’s son, also Johan (13), was fourth with a 337,5 kg giant. The Du Plessis family glory was interrupted by second-place winner Vic Brand of Heidelberg, whose entry weighed 379 kg.

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